Matt 13:3-9, 18-23
3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
What type of soil is your heart? How do you respond to the word of God? What is trying God’s word in your life? What is competing with God’s word in your heart? What has God spoken concerning the situation you are faced with? What is bringing offences to you?
How receptive are you to the word of God? What is your disposition towards the word of God that you read, hear or get?
The parable of the sower tells us about various postures of our heart as we hear the word of God. The word of God is forever settled. The word of God is the seed and the seed is incorruptible, the seed is perfect, there is nothing wrong with the seed, however, the seed can fall on various types of soil. The location where the seed drops affects the harvest. Our heart is the soil. You are therefore encouraged to ensure the seed falls on the right soil so as to get a bountiful harvest, Only the seed that fell on the good soil made it to the harvest, make up your mind to make it to the end. Prepare your heart and make it a fertile ground for God’s word.
Decide on one or two things that will deepen your walk with Christ this week e.g. memorize a bible passage, spend more time studying your bible e.t.c.
Lord Jesus, I bring my heart before you, help me to be a fertile soil for your word. Let your word always have a good root in my life so I can grow root downwards and shoot upwards in Jesus mighty name. Establish your word in me and establish me in your word in Jesus mighty name. Amen.